Dedicated to fostering cultural understanding and promoting respectful engagement, Suzanne serves as a cultural inclusion facilitator and Tribal liaison. Suzanne bridges gaps among communities, facilitating effective communication and collaboration. As a cultural inclusion facilitator, she navigates the intricacies of diverse cultural landscapes, ensuring that traditions and values are honored and respected.
She builds meaningful connections and partnerships by fostering mutual understanding and appreciation. Suzanne brings her lifelong personal, cultural, and traditional experiences to her work. She has a passion for preserving and celebrating cultural heritage and strives to create spaces where dialogue flourishes and relationships are enriched.
Barney & Worth – Portland Water Bureau | Bull Run Filtration Projects Urban Indigenous Engagement Circle
Community Engagement Facilitator, 2021 – 2025
Facilitating engagement circles with six urban Indigenous communities as part of a billion-dollar improvement project that will serve safe, clean drinking water to over a million people in the metro area. The bureau wants to improve engagement with urban Indigenous communities, in recognition of Indigenous peoples as the original stewards of the land. The project will result in guidance for opportunities to connect through water, taking a long-term view, and advancing native stewardship of land and water. It will also result in an internship focused on representation of Native languages and partnerships with Native organizations
Keen Independent Research | Disparity Studies
Community Engagement Consultant, 2019-present
Participating in internal and external stakeholder meetings, conducting in-depth interviews with business owners, and preparing monthly progress reports to analyze whether there is a level playing field for MBE and WBE firms in various industries.
Metro | 2030 Regional Waste Plan Community Engagement
Cultural Ambassador and Facilitator, 2017-2018
Served as cultural ambassador and facilitation consultant for community engagement on Metro’s 2030 regional waste plan. Included facilitation of sessions with community-based organizations (sometimes with interpreters), asking people what they know about Metro’s waste plan, and discussing garbage and recycling. Later accompanied the groups on a tour of area recycling plants so they could see how their waste is being processed.